First electric station wagon scores very well, but does not impress | NOW

Electric cars come in all shapes and sizes these days, but a simple station wagon was still missing. That changed earlier this year with the arrival of the MG5 Electric. According to the Chinese manufacturer, that model should offer a solution for people who do not see a fashionable SUV or crossover.

Of MG5 According to Van Mossel Automotive Group, the dealer organization of the brand, it is currently attracting exactly the expected audience: somewhat older couples and families with young children, who absolutely want a station wagon. Perhaps not the audience with which you make flashy promotional records, but the MG is not the car for that. Despite the sharply drawn front, the MG5 is quite a brave appearance.

What also does not help is that the car is a bit strangely high on its legs, so that the otherwise beautiful 17-inch wheels do not fill the wheel arches nicely. You get a reasonably high entry and ditto seating position in return, exactly what drives people to an SUV. You sit a bit strangely high compared to the dashboard and for an ideal seating position, the steering wheel would have to be further adjustable in depth.

The interior is beautifully styled and practical. The 10.25-inch touchscreen is perfectly within reach and relatively easy to operate. However, the icons used are a bit small. That’s a shame, because for things like the climate control you have to be in a menu.

MG has worked on the interior.

MG has worked on the interior.

MG has worked on the interior.

Photo: MG

MG5 Electric

  • Price entry-level model: 33,985 euros
  • Base price Long Range Luxury version: 38,485 euros
  • Price test car: 40,735 euros
  • Declared average energy consumption: 179 Wh/km
  • Declared driving range: 380-400 kilometers
  • Achieved energy consumption: 140-180 Wh/km
  • Achieved driving range: 350-399 kilometers
  • Battery pack Long Range: 61.1 kWh
  • Charging: 3-phase AC charging power up to 11 kW
  • DC charging power: up to 87 kW
  • Length: 4.60 meters
  • Width: 1.81 meters
  • Height: 1.54 meters
  • Empty weight: 1,562 kilos
  • Maximum draw weight: 500 kilo

Power devices with your car

Driving does the MG5 as it looks: anything but special. He does what is asked of him, but there is no driving pleasure at all. But hey, a station wagon should first and foremost be practical. So what about space?

It doesn’t stop at the back. For example, the sofa is a bit low in relation to the floor, so that you sit with your legs bent a bit. In addition, you can not lose your feet under the front seat.

There is also room in the back for 479 liters of luggage. That is spacious, but considerably less than you can lose in the station wagons of competitors such as the Volkswagen Golf and Opel Astra. Those models are, incidentally, a fraction larger than the 4.6 meter long MG. Furthermore, you unfortunately have to lift the stuff over a sill.

The MG5 can have a draw weight of 500 kilos and a nose weight of 50 kilos. Not shocking numbers, but it can sometimes be just enough. Caravan enthusiasts have no business here. The MG contrasts this with a so-called Vehicle-to-Load system (V2L). This allows you to use the car to supply electrical appliances with power or even to charge another electric car.

Not a perfectly flat loading floor.

Not a perfectly flat loading floor.

Not a perfectly flat loading floor.

Not a perfectly flat loading floor.

Photo: MG

Standard Range version available from stock

The MG5 range is clear: you have Comfort and Luxury versions, which you can order as a Standard Range or as a Long Range. The entry-level model costs 33,985 euros, but we were on the road with the 38,485 euros Long Range Luxury version. Due to things like beautiful red paint and a gray interior, the price is 40,735 euros.

MG installs a 61.1 kilowatt-hour battery pack in the bottom, which, according to the manufacturer, should get you between 380 and 400 kilometers with the 115 kW (156 hp) strong station wagon. During the test period, consumption fluctuated between 140 and 180 watt-hours per kilometer. That means that on a good day you can really come close to the specified driving range.

You can charge with a maximum of 87 kW on the fast charger, which means that you need about forty minutes to go from 5 to 80 percent full, according to MG. So by current standards you have to have a little patience. This also applies if you want to order a Long Range, because the delivery time has increased to nine months in China due to corona. The Standard Range version, which will take you more than 300 kilometers according to MG, is still available from stock in the Netherlands.

You have to pay extra for this beautiful red paint.

You have to pay extra for this beautiful red paint.

You have to pay extra for this beautiful red paint.

You have to pay extra for this beautiful red paint.

Photo: NU.nl

Tough competition ahead

In summary, we can say that the MG5, just like the ZS EV with which the brand debuted in our country in 2019, should mainly rely on its competitive price. Electric cars with comparable specifications and equipment are quickly a few 1,000 euros more expensive without any hard benefits.

On the other hand, the eye and the heart also want something. In addition, many drivers are fairly sensitive to status, which means that a compact Chinese station wagon will probably not be on the shortlist. Finally, the MG5 faces stiff competition, because next year Opel and Peugeot will come with electric station wagon versions of the Astra and 308.

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